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Bike My Way

iPhone / iPad
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Bike My Way uses the built in GPS of your iPhone (3G or later) to record bicycle rides, hikes, and other outdoor travels. You can add waypoints to your route and include photos from the iPhone camera or photo library. Bike My Way allows you to export route data in standard GPX format suitable for use with many mapping applications and web sites.

When you first start Bike My Way, your iPhone will prompt you for permission to use location information. If you don't grant this permission, Bike My Way will not be able to track your route. To reset location permissions, run the Settings application and go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Location Warnings. Alternatively, you can go to Settings > General > Location Services and enable or disable location permissions for individual applications.

Once you start recording a route, Bike My Way will continue to acquire location data, even when the iPhone goes into sleep mode. You can press the Sleep button (top right button) or just let the screen time out. If your iPhone supports applications running in the background (iOS 4 on iPhone 3GS or later), you can press the Home button, and Bike My Way will continue to run and collect data in the background. If background applications aren't supported, pressing the Home button causes Bike My Way to exit, and no further locations will be recorded.

The iPhone is best suited for "casual" GPS use. If you want the best accuracy and longest recording times, consider one of the many fine dedicated GPS units. On the other hand if you just want to know where you rode, and you already have an iPhone, then you can get useful results without the expense of a dedicated GPS.

Pay attention to battery life on long trips. Bike My Way attempts to minimize power consumption while running in the background, but keeping the GPS radios active increases battery drain. Trips of a few hours are certainly feasible. Longer trips may require a battery recharge. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

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